This is the 200th post of In Forest and Field, a minor milestone and one that will be highlighted with a somewhat different topic. I’ve been collecting quotations that have struck my fancy for over 45 years. I'd like to share some of my favorites that relate to the natural world:
The good worker loves the board before it becomes a table, loves the tree before it yields the board, loves the forest before it gives up the tree.
It is time now to sing of my gratitude: For legs and hills and trees and seasons … and for all the roads I walked on, for the hills I climbed ... for trees and grass and sky.
Look at nature, especially in the spring, and you will know that however long or brief, life is worth the living.
In the world of biology, as in the world of finance, diversity is our only hedge against unknown and future risks.
When a pine needle falls in the forest, the eagle will see it drop, the deer will hear it hit the ground, and the bear will smell it.
…it is quite possible to love a piece of country as one would love a friend and grieve nearly as much when it is taken from you.
If you were accused of being a conservationist, would there be enough evidence to convict?
How can foresters be trusted to manage a natural preserve when they can’t identify the birds or wildflowers on the area, much less understand their special environmental requirements.
Dr. Carl Reidel
The public interest in a healthy environment entails an effort to restore a naturally reproducing conifer-hardwood forest with its full complement of native flora and fauna.
Nature is not only more complicated than we think, it is more complicated than we can think.
After we've lost a natural place, it's gone for everyone---hikers, campers, boaters, bicyclists, wildlife watchers, fishers, hunters, and wildlife---a complete and absolutely democratic tragedy of emptiness. For this reason, it's vital that we overcome our differences, find common ground in our shared love for the natural world, and work together to defend the wild.
A final one that is my absolute favorite and the one that sums up my personal philosophy.
For those who know me true…
For the cause that needs assistance
And the wrong that needs resistance,
For the future in the distance
And the good that I can do.
E. Robert Wallach